Youth in Action Grant Recipients Announced!
January 2020 - The Foundations in Faith Board of Trustees unanimously vote to approve two Youth in Action grant recipients. The grant selected for a Diocese of Bridgeport High School Group was awarded to Cardinal Kung Academy in Stamford. Students will launch a "Tune in to your Faith". Speakers, social media messages, Veritas radio segments will delve in to issues that teens care about related to their Catholic faith experiences. Teens are seeking faith filled content that is relevant to their age groups and needs. The second grant that was awarded is for a Diocese of Bridgeport Church teen youth group. Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Bridgeport have a group of youth who seek to meet needs in their parish and their community. They will open and operate a food pantry as a Youth Group. The grant was written as a surprise for their priest who had dreamed of this mission but did not have the resources nor volunteer power. These projects were designed by youth and for youth. Feeding the brains and the bodies of our youth! Foundations in Faith awarded an initial grant of $250o to each project with additional funds to be available at the mid year check in point.
We are listing, hearing, cheering and learning from our young people. Congratulations to both groups!
On September 25th Bishop Caggiano made an exciting announcement at the Foundations in Faith Bishop’s Reception. Two $5000 grants will be awarded; one to a to a Catholic High School and one to a Catholic Church high school aged Youth Group in the Diocese of Bridgeport. Known as the Youth in Action Grant it is “by youth – for youth”.
Bishop Frank is eager to hear young people’s ideas on how best to re-energize the teen Catholic faith experience. According to Bishop Frank, “We need to listen to their voices, and give them the space and resources to design programs and projects that will resonate with them.” Bishop Frank challenges the teens to propose a project that includes elements of 1) collaboration 2) evangelization 3) mission work.
According to Kelly Weldon “Too often we have adults deciding what would be best for our youth. Times are calling for us to flip the script and let the youth innovate and show us adults a new way of approaching our faith. The Youth in Action Grant is intended to be youth led with support and guidance from an adult mentor.”
The Youth in Action Grant Application is a google form that will be submitted electronically by November 22nd. A committee will review the grants applications and the best High School project and youth group project will be announced in December. The funded projects will begin in January 2020 and continue through the calendar year.
A link to the Youth in Action Application was first shared on Instagram @FoundationsinFaithbpt - Good luck to all the youth and their adult mentors who will be submitting applications.
All YIA Applications must be submitted online. No hardcopy or print outs of the "view only application" will be accepted.